January 12, 2018

SAN JOSE, Antique – A six-storey building will be built at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital.

The Department of Health allocated P100 million for Phase I of the structure.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held on Jan. 10.

The new building will house 100 additional beds in the 200-bed provincial hospital.

“I want all Antiqueños to have access to their health needs,” said Sen. Loren Legarda, one of those who led the groundbreaking.

Other projects that may soon be implemented in the province include:

* construction of another hospital building to be named after Legarda’s grandfather, Vicente R. Gella, a former Antique governor

* improvement of the Culasi District Hospital (P125 million)

* Justice Calixto O. Zaldivar Memorial Hospital in Pandan (P102 million)

“I was told Antique has not received such huge assistance from the national government before,” said Legarda.

She also vowed to check if there will be an increase the salaries of health workers, who asked her after learning the plan to raise the teachers’ salaries in 2019 and her being instrumental in the allocation for the police officers’ increased pay.

Gov. Rhodora J. Cadiao thanked Legarda. Antique was able to get such assistance because Legarda hails from Antique and is the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Cadiao said.

Health department regional director Marlyn Convocar and other local officials were also present at the groundbreaking. (PNA)


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